Child health researcher Dr Liz Craig’s selection was announced on Friday night. She was the sole nominee.
Dr Craig is one of a group of child poverty advocates who put the issue on the national agenda by compiling an annual child poverty monitor.
In 2014 she contested the Clutha-Southland seat, and while never expected to win, made an impact in the National stronghold.
It is hoped that despite being relatively unknown in Invercargill Dr Craig can revive Labour’s flagging electoral fortunes there. Between the 2005 and the 2014 elections, Labour lost nearly 6000 party votes in Invercargill.
In Dunedin last week, Labour leader Andrew Little said Labour had held the seat before, with Mark Peck.
Asked if an outsider could make an impact in Invercargill, he said Dr Craig was a determined candidate and had been a good campaigner.
However, Dr Craig will find it difficult to unseat first-term National MP Sarah Dowie, who won the seat with a 7482-vote majority and is popular in Invercargill.
Dr Craig believes the underfunding of public services and lack of full-time jobs are key issues for her campaign.
She will be based in Invercargill, where she is studying Te Reo at the Southern Institute of Technology. She also works part-time at the University of Otago.
— Otago Daily Times